Asimov’s Science Fiction – July 2014 – Vol. 38 No. 7 – (Whole Number 462)
Edited by Sheila Williams
Cover Artist: Shuttercock
Review by Sam Tomaino
Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine ISBN/ITEM#: 1065-2698
Date: 26 April 2014
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Asimov’s Science Fiction July 2014 issue is here and it's a real good one.
The fiction begins with "Blood Wedding" by Robert Reed -*- In the late 21st Century, the daughter of the second richest man in the world, Devon Ames, is getting married. Glory Ames is beautiful in a very biological kind of way. Devon's rival is, the richest man in the world, is Harry Pinchit and is all about machines. His son, Warren is almost all machine. Warren plots to take an extraordinary action on Glory's wedding day and thereby hangs a very spectacular tale.
"The Instructive Tale of the Archeologist and His Wife" by Alexander Jablokov -*- In a far future Earth where everything from the past has been destroyed or forgotten, an archeologist searches the remains of something called the Askakid kings. One time he finds an anomaly, a battery that should not be there. He marries but the marriage is not a happy one. His wife joins a group called the Obliviators who believe that archeologists have deliberately covered up what they have learned of the past. A conversation with one of them sets the archeologist thinking in a new direction. Fascinating story which gives us some hints as to what has really happened.
"Five Six Seven" by Evan Fuller -*- In 2036 (or so), Doreen works in customer service for a company called Moksha Mobile. They make implants that are in people's brains. They are currently in the middle of a problem with one of those implants. Doreen has problems of her own with arthritis. This all turned into a typical story of bosses who are creeps.
"Story of Our Lives" by Sandra McDonald -*- Our narrator's name is Ronald Kowalik and he is telling a young man named Dennis about his parents. Ronald had a crush on Jake who was straight and involved with a woman named Ellie. They did things together and got along fine. A memorable night was spent in a supposedly haunted old theater with an unusual looking cherub in its ceiling. Jake and Ellie break up but Ronald and Ellie discover that she can anticipate a movie being made. She writes a detailed review of Poltergeist before it comes out. The history of Ronald and Jake and Ellie does not end there and all it all results in a fine bittersweet story.
"The Woman From the Ocean" by Karl Bunker -*- One night, a woman comes to Michael's door. She is in bad shapes and says something about her ship crashing in the ocean and all those with her were killed. We eventually find out that this is not our time. Michael is illiterate and does not even know what reading is. Life is fairly primitive with people making a living on arts and crafts and other knowledge. Through the woman, whose name is Kali, we learn what has happened and it is truly horrifying. Well done little story!
The issue concludes with the novella, "The Legion of Tomorrow" by Allen Steele -*- On October 5, 2006, Kate Morressy's grandfather, Nathan Arkwright dies. She finds out when she reads about it on the front page of the Boston Globe. Her grandfather had been a famous science fiction writer, "creator of the Galaxy Patrol" and one of the "Big Four" sci-fi writers of the 20th Century" (with Heinlein, Asimov, and Clarke). She barely knew her grandfather as he and her mother has always been estranged for a reason she does not know. Her mother refuses to go to the funeral but she does and meets her grandfather's three old friends, Margaret "Maggie" Krough (his agent), Harry Skinner (another Golden Age science fiction writer) and Dr. George Hallahan (a legend in the theoretical physics community). She also finds out that her grandfather had left all his money to something called The Arkwright Foundation. Maggie would like Kate to join the three of them on the board of directors. She gives Kate her father's unfinished memoirs and starts Kate on a journey of discovery. Along the way, we visit the First World Science Fiction Convention and an important Pacific Island during World War II. This all comes together in a great story that really only becomes science fiction at the end. Very enjoyable and a great way to end the issue.